The Ultimate New Parent Checklist: Essentials for Your Baby's First Year

Caring for your angel during the first year is essential. The first year is critical to a baby's development as they establish trust and safety.

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As parents, nothing is more important than ensuring your children have everything they need to feel comfortable and safe. For your baby's first year, the need for safety is critical. During this year, your baby begins to establish trust and an attachment style that will follow them into their adult lives. To provide your baby with the best, here is your new parent checklist: essentials for their first year. 

Get Baby Music Tracks

Babies enjoy music as a way to self-soothe and find enjoyment. Certain styles of music and specific songs have been said to support healthy brain development in babies and children. Make sure you play baby music tracks with these accreditations so your little one receives the sounds they need to hear for a happy development. Baby music tracks also include lullabies which will assist in helping your baby fall asleep. Look online to see what music streaming services offer baby music as a potential resource.

Purchase Baby-Safe Products

Keeping your baby's skin soft and moisturized is so important. Healthy skin ensures your baby feels comfortable and does not develop conditions like diaper rash that can cause immense discomfort. A foremost essential for your baby's first year is to stock up on all the baby-safe hygiene products they need. Look for organic, eco-friendly diapers and baby wipes to ensure your baby is exposed to ingredients that work gently to soothe and support the skin. Likewise, use only the most gentle and clean baby shampoos and soap products. 

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Buy A Baby Care Planner

Caring for your baby during their first year is hard work. You will need a baby care planner to ensure you stay on schedule and meet your baby's needs. In your planner, you can record scheduled nap times, feeding times, and windows where others you trust look after your little one. 

You will need to schedule time away to manage your health in order to be the best parent you can be.  

Ensure that everyone caring for your baby is aware of what is needed each day so that your planner is a valuable tool for you and anyone else looking after your baby. 

Sign Up For A Baby Food Subscription

You will unlikely have the time or energy to run to and from the store to supply your baby with the food they need. Instead, sign up for a baby food subscription and get all of the baby food your little one needs directly at your door. 

You can select the food options for your baby to ensure they get the nutrients they need to feel satiated and stay healthy. Look for subscriptions that provide only organic ingredients. 

Use A Swaddle Blanket

Babies need to feel safe and nurtured as often as possible. Purchasing a swaddle blanket will give your baby extra support when they’re napping, sleeping, and winding down for the day. 

As much as you enjoy having your little one in your arms, you'll have your arms full of other things at some point. A swaddle blanket will keep your baby safe and warm and remind them of being held by you. 

Help Your Baby Reach Developmental Milestones 

Caring for your angel during the first year is essential. The first year is critical to a baby's development as they establish trust and safety. Make sure that you do your job as a parent to provide your baby with everything they need to thrive. By supplying your baby with what they need to feel safe and secure, they can continue to advance in their development, which will serve them from childhood and throughout adulthood.

Kellee Maize Team

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